The Joy Luck Club is a novel by Amy Tan that narrates the lives of four Chinese women living in San Francisco and their relationships with their Chinese-American daughters. They gather monthly to discuss their lives and commiserate about their difficult pasts as they play mahjong.
While food is not the central focus of the book it is one of the features that ties these women together, where there is a gathering of friends, there is food. It is an integral part of how these women connect with their culture as they come to grips with their lives in America, and also how they communicate their heritage to their daughters.
by Steven Doyle
Few things rock my world as much as xiao long bao. The mighty dumpling power-packed with a meatball, (beef, pork, crab, the usual round up) supplied with a generous amount of broth and pleated into a package of steamed love.
Most agree that the xiao long bao’s story begins in the Shanghai suburb of Nanxiang over nearly 150 years ago. It is believed that Huang Mingxian wanted to create a dumpling that would surprise and delight the guests of his restaurant, Ri Hua Xuan. The elegant pleated dumpling was made by adding aspic – or a jellified meat stock – to pork mince, so that once steamed the aspic would melt, thereby filling the inside of the dumpling with a flavorsome broth. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
I must be the angel of death today announcing closures, and there are more coming. This morning we learned of the Carrollton outpost of Monkey King shuttering. For fans of this location looking for delicious hand pulled noodle soup or their juicy xiaolongbao the Deep Ellum location is still moving strong.
Downtown Carrollton may have hit its saturation point of restaurants, or perhaps Babe’s Chicken is all our friends in Carrollton are looking for. Continue reading
The chefs behind Sumo Shack, Wabi House, Monkey King Noodle Company, Four Sister (soon to open in Fort Worth) and Khao Noodle Shop (a pop up) have come together to present an evening of Asian street foods from four distinct cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Vietnamese: Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
The newish delivery service Caviar is teaming up with a hot local favorite, Monkey King Noodle Company, to offer delivery of their Chinese street food. Beginning this Thursday, August 13th you will not need to stand in line in front of the tiny Deep Ellum restaurant, but instead have it lovingly brought to your front door of your home or office. Continue reading